VANCOUVER, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - QLT Inc. ("QLT") (NASDAQ: QLTI; TSX: QLT) announced the preliminary results of its modified "Dutch Auction" tender offer (the "Offer"), which expired at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on January 26, 2009.
Based on the preliminary report of the depository for the Offer, QLT expects to purchase for cancellation 20,000,000 of its common shares (the "Shares") at a price of US$2.50 per Share, for a total cost of US$50 million. The purchased Shares represent approximately 26.8% of the Shares outstanding as of January 26, 2009. Shareholders who deposited Shares under the Offer will have approximately 81.8% of their Shares deposited purchased for cancellation, subject to certain limited exceptions. After the repurchase, approximately 54.6 million Shares will remain outstanding.
The number of Shares to be purchased and the price per Share under the Offer are preliminary. Final results will be determined subject to confirmation by the depository of the proper delivery of the Shares validly tendered and not withdrawn.
QLT and the depository expect that the exact number of Shares to be taken up and paid for under the Offer will be determined on or before January 29, 2009. Payment for Shares tendered and accepted for purchase will be made promptly thereafter. The Shares deposited but not purchased, including Shares invalidly deposited, will be returned as promptly as possible.
Goldman, Sachs & Co. and BMO Capital Markets served as dealer managers for the Offer. Georgeson Shareholder Communications Canada, Inc. served as information agent and Computershare Investor Services Inc. served as the depository. For questions and information about the Offer, please contact the information agent, toll free, at 1-866-733-9452.
QLT Inc. is a global biopharmaceutical company
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